Documents associated with: Star, The (London)
Record 14 of 15
System Number: 06629
Date: [27/30 October 1895]
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W623
Document Type: ALS
My own Chinkie -
You do fill me with such anxiety - Why will not the Major at least, answer my telegrams -
All day I have been uneasy, fearing that you were not well again - for no reply came to my wire of this morning early - I thought the drive might really do you good - and doubtless out of London the day was fine - it happened to be [p. 2] fine here - But in any case the silence of a whole day is a most depressing reply to an anxious grinder - already troubled with the Majors poor account of you instead of your longed for little letter! -
Now this matter of the Greaves is Chinkie of a certain importance - Very important I consider - The situation may be made vexatious if I appear at all backward or disturbed - You see the letter is a public challenge - the two Greaves [p. 3] are not only held up to ridicule, but are accused of imposition & falsehood -
I am in a manner
asked if called upon to say that they are swindling or not swindling the authorities of Streatham - And mind you if I do not answer, the Greaves themselves may write to ask me, in the paper, to defend them - And then what a grand time for the critics! What would they not say of my unhandsome conduct - attempting to hide the young man who had been loyal to me - [p. 4] Jealousy - envy & whit not I should be accused of, - & things will be as hot as they can make it - Whereas if you will for a moment suppose that I have some wit if not good feeling, nothing can be easier or prettier than the way in which I shall come out of it all - by as usual taking the initiative and looking down the muzzle!
I have written a charming letter which I shall first send you - there is time - though none too much as you will see from the enclosed - The thing is making a stir -
[p. 5] As to the work in the Hall itself - it may not be all that is good - It may be absolutely wild and uncultivated as decoration - the work of peasants perhaps - but take my word for it there must be some stuff in all that -
To have done it exacts acknowledgment - what others have done anything -
Besides they were very intelligent & nice boys - and it would be a graceful [p. 6] act on my part - I feel kindly about them after all - Chinkie dear!
But I am already late & am off -
Goodnight dear Trixie Luck!
Go tomorrow - & "wire opinion"
The Greaves' brothers had been given a commission to paint murals on the walls of the new Town Hall of Streatham, work which they undertook between 1890 and 1895 (see #06627, #06628 and #08379).
9. charming letter